Inflammation »

This can happen for different reasons.

Balanitis/Posthitis

Can occur if the head of the penis is not kept clean and “smegma” gathers under the foreskin.  Balanitis is inflammation of the head of the penis and posthitis when the foreskin is inflamed.

Improving hygiene and daily bathing or washing with a small amount of salt in the water and pulling back the foreskin to clean underneath will help.

Sexually Transmitted infections ( sti ’s) can also cause these …

Circumcision »

Circumcision is where the skin that covers the end of the penis is removed.  This is a simple operation and it is offered to boys or men if their foreskin is too tight to pull back easily, and this causes it to tear or burst when they have sex.  The benefits are that it is easier to keep clean and prevent build up of smegma under the foreskin.  It also leads to fewer infections including hiv.

Gonorrhoea »

… common. It is caused by a bacteria (neisseria gonorrhoea) and can create problems in the penis, vagina and anus. It can also be caught and passed on by the throat from unprotected oral sex with an infected partner.

How do I know if I have gonorrhoea?

The majority of women and some men will not show any signs of being infected, so it is possible that they might have gonorrhoea but have no symptoms. The simple answer is to have a test.

What are the symptoms?

Men : …

Curved Erection (Peyronie’s Disease) »

Peyronie’s Disease

Peyronie’s Disease is a bend or curvature of the penis, which can make sex difficult and painful. Most commonly the bend is upwards but can be to the left or right. It is most noticeable when the penis is erect. Most males have a slight bend in their penis, present from puberty.

What causes it?

The cause is unknown. The bend is caused by a growth of ‘plaque’ at the area affected. A hard lump can often be felt. You should visit a …

Chlamydia »

… do may have:

pain or discomfort when passing urine

Discharge or pus from the end of the Penis

discomfort or swelling in the testicles

Women - Approximately 70% of women have no symptoms, but some may have:

a vaginal discharge

pain or discomfort when passing urine or during Sex

bleeding between periods or after sex

The symptoms may appear after having sex with a new partner. But remember, if you have no symptoms chlamydia can go undetected for a long …

NSU »

… of the following symptoms

Pain when passing urine

A discharge or fluid from the end of the penis. This is often clear or whitish but can also be grey or yellow

Pain or swelling in the testicles.

 

Symptoms may develop within a few weeks of getting the infection but many people who have chlamydia or NSU have no symptoms.

What should I do?

If you or your partner are concerned that you may have an infection you should see a doctor. You can go to your own doctor but it …

Genital Warts »

… warts are caused by a virus called Human Papilloma virus. The virus affects the skin of the penis, vagina and anus. It can cause warts, which are like those that grow on other parts of the body. Don’t panic if you have genital warts – they are very common.

What are the symptoms ?

Often the warts are small and very difficult to see – you may not even know you have them. The warts are small, fleshy lumps. You might see or feel them, or your partner might notice them. …

Can’t Get / Keep an Erection »

… the nervous system to release chemicals which enable an increased blood supply to flow into the penis.

The blood is not allowed to leave the penis very easily and this congestion, or engorgement, is what makes the penis hard enough to allow penetration. If any part of this process is interrupted then the inability to attain or maintain an erection can result.

Interference can develop from any of two main groups of causes – physical and psychological – but because these can …

Dysfunction Treatments »

… problem might develop again.

Injection

Certain drugs, when injected into the shaft of the penis, allow blood to enter and within about 10 minutes cause an erection which can last for an hour. This method can be used up to three times a week. The needles used are very fine and the process is not as painful as it may sound. Any mild pain is short-lived. This method has a high success rate, better than with oral medication, and is suitable for most individuals. Any fear of needles …

Sustained Erection »

What is Priapism?

Normally, following ejaculation (coming), the penis loses its rigidity and returns to a flaccid (soft) state. When an erection lasts for a prolonged period of time – 3 to 4 hours – this condition is known as priapism and can become very painful. It results from the inability of the additional blood required for acquiring an erection to leave the penis when no longer needed.

What causes it?

There can be a number of reasons why …

Premature Ejaculation »

… about this

The novelty of a new sexual partner

The place where you are having sex

Your penis may be overly-sensitive to the stimulation it feels

Some people have suggested that it is an inherited, safety mechanism from the days when our ancestors had to have sex quickly to avoid being eaten!

Others think it may be learned behaviour.

How can premature ejaculation be treated? Treatment for premature ejaculation can be relatively uncomplicated and very effective, but …

Internal Ejaculation »

… when the feeling of orgasm is experienced with sexual activity but no semen comes out of the penis . This should not be confused with anejaculation described above where these sensations are not felt.

What causes internal/retrograde ejaculation?

Basically, semen is diverted into the bladder during ejaculation instead of being expelled through the penis. It is later excreted with the urine. Retrograde ejaculation would seem to be common following prostate surgery, but it can …

Thrush »

… . If a man has sex with a woman with thrush, this may cause some skin irritation on the man’s penis.

Where can I be treated?

If you think you have thrush, or are worried about any infection, you can get treatment from your family doctor or at a Integrated Sexual Health Clinic (formerly Genito-urinary GUM ).

How is thrush treated?

Thrush can be treated by tablets (either put directly into your vagina (pessaries) or taken by mouth) and using a soothing cream around the …

Prevention »

… Other sexual activities that can transmit hepatitis

Oral sex, which is licking/sucking the penis or vagina, can result in the transmission of hepatitis B. If you want to protect yourself from this then you could use a condom without any lubricant on it, or a vaginal barrier such as a dental dam. Hepatitis B can be contracted if you swallow faeces (poo) from someone with the virus. Therefore, if you rim someone (lick around their anus) or lick a finger that has been inside …

Sex and Ageing »

… therefore it may take more stimulation to create an erection. Oral or manual stimulation of his penis may be required to achieve an erection. Some men find that the only thing that will give them an erection is oral stimulation. It is not only the type but the amount of stimulation that may have to change as well. Some men will require almost constant stimulation of the penis to achieve an erection. If your partner finds this to be a difficult task, a vibrator could be used to give him/her …

Your Prostate »

… is common following such surgery and many men opt to have a Prosthesis implanted into the Penis at the time of the operation to deal with this. When the disease has been found to have spread to other locations in the body, treatment is more complex and may involve a combination of interventions, each of which will have its own impact upon sexual activity similar to what has been described previously.

Lumps, Swelling or Pain »

… ‘Blue Balls’

This isn’t a serious condition and your testicles don’t turn blue! If the penis is stimulated for long periods of time without ejaculation then you may experience an ache, caused by the congestion of blood to the genital area. This disappears shortly after ejaculation.

Important note: Lumps, pain or swelling around the testicles or scrotum area are not normal and you should get them checked by your own doctor or attend a Sexual Health Clinic, where an …

Curved Erection (Peyronies Disease) »

Peyronie’s Disease   

Peyronie’s Disease is a bend or curvature of the penis, which can make sex difficult and painful.   Most commonly the bend is upwards but can be to the left or right.   It is most noticeable when the penis is erect.   Most males have a slight bend in their penis, present from puberty.     

What causes it?  

The cause is unknown.   The bend is caused by a growth of ‘plaque’ at the area …

Injuries »

… can occur when people are being sexually adventurous.  Read on!

Penile Fracture  

The penis can break if it is bent too far, and a crack may be heard if this happens.  You will feel pain and will probably bleed from the tip of the penis.  An ice pack should be applied and emergency medical help called.  An operation may be required.  Remember when trying new positions and experimenting sexually, you are human and accidents happen.

Strangulation  

When something is used …

Tight Foreskin »

Phimosis

This is where the foreskin is too tight to pull back over the head of the penis. It can cause pain or loss of sensation during sex, and can tear during sex. If not cured by skin stretching exercises it may require a small operation ( circumcision ).

Paraphimosis

This happens when a tight foreskin gets stuck when it has been pulled back over the head of the penis. This causes pain and swelling, as the blood flow is restricted. Usually squeezing blood from the …

Penile Cancer »

Cancer of the penis is a very rare condition, and even rarer in circumcised men. This may indicate a possible cause as being poor hygiene in uncircumcised men.

Warning signs may include a growth or ulceration on the head of the penis, the foreskin or the shaft, which does not go away even after treatments for sexually transmitted infections . It is very important to report these to your doctor as the …

Prostate Cancer »

… is common following such surgery and many men opt to have a Prosthesis implanted into the Penis at the time of the operation to deal with this. When the disease has been found to have spread to other locations in the body, treatment is more complex and may involve a combination of Interventions , each of which will have its own impact upon sexual activity similar to what has been described previously.

Anus and Rectum »

… to vaginal sex to prevent conception.

The anus may be stimulated or penetrated by fingers, penis, tongue, sex toy or other means. However, since the anus was not constructed for penetration, but for excretion, this has to be helped by lubrication or damage to the wall or lining may occur. If you are being penetrated, it helps to relax the sphincter, to prevent pain or damage occurring through resistance.

Any unprotected oral or penetrative anal sex makes the person vulnerable …

Male Self-Examination »

… and it’s supposed to be there; it’s the tube that carries sperm from your balls to your penis.

Things to look out for are: any change in size or weight lumps or swellings, particularly on the surface of the balls a dull ache in the scrotum, groin or lower back.

If you do feel anything, see a doctor quickly. You can go to your GP or to a Integrated Sexual Health Clinic (formerly Genito-urinary GUM ). It may well not be cancer; lumps and swellings can be caused by a number …

Rape and Sexual Assault »

… defined as penetration of someone’s vagina, anus or mouth (to however small an extent) by a penis without consent or reasonable belief in consent.  The Act defines consent as free agreement and makes it clear than consent can be withdrawn at any time.  The Act also sets out an offence of sexual assault by penetration, which covers for example, penetration by objects, and which is equilivant in seriousness to rape.  The Act also creates specific offences in relation to the rape and …